by Sue Deyoe ~ July 22nd, 2011
The Talkeetna Cemetery is expanding. According to Ed Yadon, trustee on the association board, the clearing will be less than 2 acres.
The 9 acre cemetery was set aside as part of the original townsite and has grown out of its existing available plots. There is quite a bit of room in the cemetery to expand. The expansion of the cemetery will be 50 feet to the G street side and another 50 feet toward private property to the north. Yadon says there will still be a large buffer on both edges of the property but the clearing has to be done in order to make room for demand.
The area will receive topsoil and be properly marked so winter time burials won’t be as difficult as they have been in the past. Yadon says that the clearing is also helping locate some of the old grave markers that have gone unattended. He says it is the family’s responsibility to install a headstone. A marker can be as large as the family wishes as long as it stays within the confines of the plot.
Yadon says there will also be a ‘cre-mains’ garden to the east of the climber’s memorial that will accommodate those that have been cremated. Therefore, people won’t have to use an entire plot just to hold ashes.
There is also planned improvement on the road that winds through cemetery. It will curve past the climber memorial and stop about 25 feet from the edge of G Street. At some point in the future, that road will continue and G Street will become a second entrance to the cemetery.